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Facing a task like this one, it is popular to divide oneself into parts; it is difficult to identify one concept or type which captures satisfactorily the conception of oneself which one entertains. Undeniably, this is explained either by an actual complexity of character, or by an unwillingsness to accept just how elegantly one can fit into a single, exceedingly unimpressive category. I will not try to identify the reasons why, but here are two categories which I can settle with:
- I am a romantic, awaiting a cupful of something wildly aromatic, planning the impossible adventure and expecting only connection, chaos and a continuous falling-in-love with everything.
- I am like a logician and an explorer and occasional maker of systems and lists, concerned only with optimisation and maximising the density and diversity of meaningful ideas in my life.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
All the good reasons which I've tired slightly of hearing about because it's hard to conceive of a person who does not like all these things: To meet good people, to show good people great stuff, to be shown great stuff by good people, to meet good people's good friends, to give good people a place to stay, to stay under good people's roofs in faraway good people lands, to cook good food for good people, to eat good people's sandwich, to find good people eating your sandwich and not minding because they are such good people, to take a dirty thing that good people own and make it clean, to hear about good people's suffering, to try to come up with great ideas for how to alleviate good people's suffering, to discuss with good people what it means to be good people, to agree with good people we aren't really such good people, to develop ideas with good people for how we can become better people, etc.
Music, literature, film, (nowadays primarily board and card) games, beer, wine, tea, spirits, food (cooking), bicycle touring, hitchhiking, "life", philosophy, programming, science in general...
- board games
Music, Movies, and Books
Some of my absolute all-time favourite artists:
Charles Mingus, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Ulver, King Crimson, Magma, Aphex Twin, Neurosis, Swans, Opeth, Brian Eno, Talking Heads, Gorguts, Shirley & Dolly Collins, Tim Hecker, John (and Alice) Coltrane, Boards of Canada, Radiohead, Bob Dylan, Pavement, Emperor, Agalloch, Comus, Ringo Shiina, Miles Davis, Meshuggah, Deathspell Omega, Death, Klaus Schulze, Can, Henry Cow, PJ Harvey, Jethro Tull, Stars of the Lid, Talk Talk, John Fahey, A Tribe Called Quest, Kanye West, Immolation, Converge, Pharoah Sanders, Boredoms, Björk, Steve Roach, Nick Drake, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Boris, Coil, Joanna Newsom, Gal Costa, Kacey Musgraves, Jorge Ben, Tenhi, Slint, Moonsorrow, Koenjihyakkei, Fela Kuti, Ravi Shankar, Faust, Keiji Haino, Chico Buarque, Belle & Sebastian, Pixies, Fairport Convention, Portishead, Massive Attack, Electric Wizard, GZA/Genius, DJ Shadow…
I omitted classical composers. I listen to a lot of world music too.
Yasujiro Ozu, Béla Tarr, Edward Yang, Hayao Miyazaki, Alfred Hitchcock, Jonas Mekas, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ingmar Bergman, Chris Marker, Abbas Kiarostami, Tsai-ming Liang, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Michelangelo Antonioni, Richard Linklater, Jia Zhangke, Wong Kar-wai, Andrei Tarkovsky, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch, Satyajit Ray, Hirokazu Koreeda, Terence Davies, Kenji Mizoguchi, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Werner Herzog, Robert Bresson, Akira Kurosawa, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Sergei Parajanov, Stan Brakhage, Jan Svankmajer, Wes Anderson, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Lars Von Trier, Woody Allen, Satoshi Kon, Roman Polanski, Paul Thomas Anderson, Dardennne brothers, Federico Fellini, Luis Buñuel, John Cassavetes, Ron Fricke, Jean-luc Godard, Sergio Leone, Howard Hawks, Roy Andersson, Yuri Norstein, Theo Angelopoulos, Mike Leigh, Michael Powell
I've really not read many books, but I've loved at least one or two by the following:
Jorge Luis Borges, W. G. Sebald, E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, Italo Calvino, Julio Cortázar, Boris Vian, Neil Gaiman, Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust, Thomas Pynchon, Vladimir Nabokov, Hermann Hesse, Ursula K. Le Guin, Albert Camus, David Foster Wallace, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Haruki Murakami, José Saramago, Allen Ginsberg, Sylvia Plath, Georg Johannesen, Walt Whitman, Tor Ulven
I'm really fond of Go/Baduk, though I've not played it much, and my rank's about 9k OGS. I'm a huge fan of the GIPF project games (the ones I've tried). I also really enjoy Dominion, The Castles of Burgundy, Carcasonne, Avalon, Ingenious, Hive and Dixit. My board and card game geekery being in its early stages, I've not tried many more (interesting) games than this.
I've hardly played computer or video games these last ten years, but I'm very fond of good role-playing, adventure and strategy games.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach you how to praise Satan, how to bake bread, etc.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Really good Chinese tea. Moldy cheese. Ideas. Warm things that can be tucked around bodies whose brains are thinking we're cold or we're not really cold but we'd be having the best time if we were even warmer. Cookies. Stories of real adventure. White paper and tools to make it not white (may require limbs). Long lists of things which make life great and much shorter (yet still quite long) lists of things about life which suck.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Denmark, Norway, Slovakia, United Kingdom